affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring or receive into close connection as a member or branch The medical school is affiliated with a hospital.
b : to associate as a member affiliates herself with the local club
2 : to trace the origin of affiliated Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to earlier plays

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself : combine refused to affiliate with any political party

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) , -ˌāt\

Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization the network's local affiliates

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from affiliate

Verb

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for affiliate

Synonyms: Noun

branch, cell, chapter, council, local

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of affiliate in a Sentence

Verb

Their group does not affiliate itself with any political party.

Noun

Two of the company's regional affiliates lost money in the past year. our local Humane Society is an affiliate of a national organization
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One affiliated program, D.C.'s Capital Area Food Bank, is particularly in need of assistance, given the number of federal employees furloughed in our country's capital. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Help Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown," 25 Jan. 2019 The data include a small number of locations that aren’t hospital-affiliated or doctors’ offices. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals," 27 Dec. 2018 Enter redandwhite, whose moniker refers to colors long affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Silk Road’s alleged hitman, “redandwhite,” arrested in Vancouver," 21 Nov. 2018 Their YouTube video on the topic is particularly good: Many universities that are affiliated with cooperative extension offices have excellent information on treating bedbugs. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 In her view, being affiliated with William in a girlfriend capacity would be damaging for her. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 The Greater Houston Builders Association and its affiliated local Remodelers Council helps to keep their members informed about new products, construction techniques, business practices and industry issues. Larry Abbott, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA: Here’s how to choose a pro contractor," 1 July 2018 Since its 2014 launch, Diet Prada, which isn’t affiliated with Prada, has amassed more than 960,000 followers. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Fashion Industry Gossip Was Once Whispered. Now It’s on Instagram.," 2 Dec. 2018 Nelson said his church, which is not affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has police officers in their services. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Violence prompts churches to weigh security vs. welcoming," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gunna, the Young Thug affiliate who rubbed elbows with Virgil Abloh at the menswear shows in Paris a few weeks back, put in a valiant showing at the Louis Vuitton show, but Migos might still take the cake. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Who Drips Harder, Gucci Mane or Quavo?," 1 Feb. 2019 Photo by Iwan Baan for Prestel Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 At least one of the officers died, Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken told CNN affiliate WBTW. German Lopez, Vox, "Florence County, South Carolina, shooting of 5 police officers: what we know," 3 Oct. 2018 The staff is required to scan the wristband and review other things before they can be released from jail, Candace Hopkins, who is with the detention center told CNN affiliate KOAT. Madison Park, CNN, "Wrong inmate released from New Mexico detention center," 12 June 2018 Brooks Fahy, an anti-hunting advocate, told Seattle’s local NBC affiliate. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "What Really Caused Washington’s Cougar Attack?," 23 May 2018 Sophomore Leila Butler told the local ABC affiliate that fire alarms went off at about 7:45 a.m. local time and students left their classrooms. Author: Gina Cherelus, Anchorage Daily News, "At least 8 reported dead in Texas high school shooting," 18 May 2018 Crowley has a criminal record out of Oregon that includes convictions of burglary and eluding police, CBS affiliate KPAX reported. CBS News, "Officers recall finding buried baby; man says he abandoned boy because he was heavy," 11 July 2018 That was also just shy of two weeks after the same footage was first aired on June 27, on local NBC affiliate station Channel 6 news. Sarah Blaskey, miamiherald, "The lieutenant brought the beer. Then he covered the camera with a red party cup.," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'affiliate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of affiliate

Verb

1767, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affiliate

Verb

probably from French affilier "to bring into close connection" (going back to Middle French, "to adopt as a son," borrowed from Medieval Latin affīliāre, from Latin ad- ad- + -fīliāre, verbal derivative of fīlius "son") + -ate entry 4 — more at feminine entry 1

Noun

derivative of affiliate entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about affiliate

Share affiliate

Statistics for affiliate

Last Updated

20 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for affiliate

The first known use of affiliate was in 1767

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for affiliate

affiliate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to closely connect (something or yourself) with or to something (such as a program or organization) as a member or partner

affiliate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an organization (such as a television station) that is a member of a larger organization (such as a national network)

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Kids Definition of affiliate

: to associate as a member or partner The spokesperson has long been affiliated with the charity.

affiliate

verb
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \
affiliated; affiliating

Legal Definition of affiliate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring or receive into close association as a member or division
2 : to join or associate as a member or division

intransitive verb

: to connect or associate oneself usually used with with has just affiliated with the huge corporation

Other Words from affiliate

affiliation \ ə-​ˌfi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio) \ noun

affiliate

noun
af·​fil·​i·​ate | \ ə-ˈfi-lē-ət How to pronounce affiliate (audio) \

Legal Definition of affiliate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affiliated person or organization specifically : a business entity effectively controlling or controlled by another or associated with others under common ownership or control — compare parent sense 2, subsidiary

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on affiliate

What made you want to look up affiliate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!